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PostPosted: Wed Mar 18, 2015 4:11 am    Post subject: Putin da man in Europe. Reply with quote

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-03-17/putin-s-guests-show-diminishing-eu-backing-for-sanctions

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(Bloomberg) -- For evidence of the European Union’s diminishing appetite for sanctions against Russia, look no further than Vladimir Putin’s Kremlin guestbook.

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades visited the Russian leader in February, granting the Russian navy access to Cypriot ports; March brought Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, labeled a “privileged partner” by Putin; Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is due next in Moscow, in April.

Along with Hungary, Slovakia, Austria and Spain, the three countries were reluctant backers of economic curbs to protest Russia’s interference with Ukraine. As a wobbly truce takes hold in eastern Ukraine, the anti-sanctions bloc will lay down a marker at an EU summit starting Thursday in Brussels.

“The likeliest outcome is that they will not agree to roll over the sanctions now and they will put off a decision until the last possible moment before the sanctions expire,” Ian Bond, a former British diplomat now with the Centre for European Reform in London, said by phone.

EU governments halted trade and visa talks with Russia and started blacklisting Russian politicians and military officers last March, after the annexation of Crimea. Those asset freezes and travel bans were extended by six months in January 2015.

It took the shooting down of a Malaysian passenger jet over eastern Ukraine in July to prompt wider-ranging curbs including bans on financing of major Russian banks and the sale of energy-exploration gear to Russia’s resource-dependent economy. Those “stage three” measures are set to expire in July.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 18, 2015 11:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Apparently the ONLY one (at least in the political sphere).
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 20, 2015 3:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

tldr

one-line summary please
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 20, 2015 8:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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one-line summary please
See title.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 20, 2015 12:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nazi USA Bloomberg wrote:
For evidence of the European Union’s ...
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 20, 2015 7:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Bones McCracker wrote:
one-line summary please
See title.

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 21, 2015 4:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 21, 2015 4:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Most irritating Star Trek character ever, other than the Grand Nagus.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 21, 2015 8:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Definitely Neelix.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 21, 2015 3:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Data was the best main character on TNG. Q the best overall.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 21, 2015 3:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Startrek is for geeks.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 21, 2015 4:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Startrek is for geeks.

You're just put out because the biggest villain in Star Trek is an Indian.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 21, 2015 4:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I thought he was Paki?
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 21, 2015 4:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Indian Sikh.

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Khan is depicted as a North Indian from a family of Sikhs. "Khan" is a title; his adoptive parents are from Chandigarh, Punjab, India and are both eugenic scientists.

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 21, 2015 4:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Meh... Six of one, a half dozen of the other.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 21, 2015 4:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Huh. Learn something new every day. Given his accent, I always just assumed he was Mexican or Spanish.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 21, 2015 4:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Who?
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 21, 2015 4:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Meh... Six of one, a half dozen of the other.

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 21, 2015 5:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Who?
Khan.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 21, 2015 6:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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notageek wrote:
Who?
Khan.


there are many Khans.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 22, 2015 6:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bones McCracker wrote:
Most irritating Star Trek character ever, other than the Grand Nagus.
Wallace Shawn, irritating? Inconceivable!

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Huh. Learn something new every day. Given his accent, I always just assumed he was Mexican or Spanish.
You were actually not wrong.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 22, 2015 4:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Based on comments, I'm guessing some other weak character co-opted the title who happens to be of Indian descent (you'd think by the 24th(?) century, racial lines would be much more dilute).
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 22, 2015 9:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The character is Indian; the actor was Mexican. The character and the actor are not the same thing.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 23, 2015 2:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow. NOTHING about the character (as portrayed) implies or even remotely resembles being Indian in origin.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 23, 2015 3:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bones McCracker wrote:
The character is Indian; the actor was Mexican. The character and the actor are not the same thing.
The character bears an Indian name, nothing that made it on screen goes much beyond that.

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Wow. NOTHING about the character (as portrayed) implies or even remotely resembles being Indian in origin.
Agreed, certainly he does not look particularly mongoloid.
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